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This Old House - Episode #3320
The Arlington Italianate | Water, Water Everywhere, Part 12 of 18
Local historian Richard Duffy offers a look at Arlington's Spy Pond and the ice-harvesting industry that was responsible for the forward progress of the town. Richard Trethewey digs in to the water pressure problems at the house by opening up the street to install a new main water line. Inside, General Contractor Tom Silva installs the new pre-finished Brazilian chestnut flooring in the kitchen so he can next tackle the newly arrived kitchen cabinets. Host Kevin O'Connor discovers a business that can replicate historic wood gutters out of durable fiberglass in custom colors. After an in-depth look at how they are made, Master Carpenter Norm Abram and installer Peter Robinson install the new gutters at the house.
Products and Services
Arlington Department of Public Works
The Fiberglass Gutter Company
James M. McLaughlin, Inc.
Wood Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry
Ask This Old House - Episode #1220
Landscape Contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner plant a low-cost, low-maintenance privacy screen. General Contractor Tom Silva demonstrates many uses for a speed square. Plumbing and Heating Expert Richard Trethewey uses new technology to seal ductwork from the inside.
Low-Maintenance Privacy Screen
Roger helps a homeowner plant a low-cost, low-maintenance privacy screen.
Where to find it?
There are many factors to take into account when selecting plants for your yard. Be sure to consider the plant's size at maturity, growth rate, hardiness in your climate, and appearance.
For this project, Roger considered using arborvitae, fastigiate white pine, hicksii yew, hatfield yew, lilac, and several ornamental grasses. All are appropriate for locations in hardiness zones 4, 5, and 6 and are available at garden centers and nurseries in the Northeast.
Using a Speed Square
Tom demonstrates many ways to use a speed square and builds a holder for his tool belt.
Where to find it?
Speed squares (also called rafter squares) are available at home centers and hardware stores. The original speed square is still manufactured by Swanson Tool Company.
Tom built a custom speed square holder using a PVC baluster with a slot cut in it, a piece of ?? plywood as a filler, and a screw as a stop. All of these materials are available at a home center.
Kevin also showed a manufactured speed square holster, made by Bucket Boss.
Sealing Ducts from the Inside
Richard uses a new technology to seal ducts from the inside.
Richard demonstrated sealing ducts using the Aeroseal System.
Expert assistance with this project was provided by Boucher Energy Systems.